Poetry to do list…

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Since I’ve had G, it’s been harder to fit poetry in. I try to read one poem a night, but that just doesn’t seem to work. The slim poetry books get lost under tomes like The Baby Book or The Happiest Toddler on the Block (I need to stay one step ahead, ha!). But, here’s a few that I want to get through. I’m currently reading Seamus Heaney’s District and Circle. This is my third try. I like this much better than Electric Light. It is more in the vain of Heaney a la Death of a Naturalist. Heaney is the master of the hyphenated word in this volume.  Next is Mahmoud Darwish’s The Butterfly’s Burden. Darwish was born in Palestine but lived in exile until 1996. Now he splits his time between Palestine and Jordan. This is a bilingual edition of three of his books. Finally, there’s The Republic of Poetry by Martin Espada. He’s been compared to Pablo Neruda. He gave a reading when I was in grad school, and he seemed very down to earth, which is always refreshing. Well here goes…


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